Make known the glory of God (Col. 1:27)

“To the saints,

God chose

To make known

Among the gentiles

The riches

Of the glory

Of this mystery,

Which is

Christ in you,

The hope of glory.”

οἷς ἠθέλησεν ὁ Θεὸς γνωρίσαι τί τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς δόξης τοῦ μυστηρίου τούτου ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ὅς ἐστιν Χριστὸς ἐν ὑμῖν, ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς δόξης·

Paul said, “To the saints (οἷς), God (ὁ Θεὸς) chose (ἠθέλησεν) to make known (γνωρίσαι) among the gentiles (ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν) the riches (τί τὸ πλοῦτος) of the glory (τῆς δόξης) of this mystery (τοῦ μυστηρίου τούτου), which is Christ in you (ὅς ἐστιν Χριστὸς ἐν ὑμῖν), the hope of glory (ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς δόξης).”  Paul indicated that God made know to the followers of Jesus Christ, his saints, that he had chosen the gentiles to give the rich glory of this mystery.  Christ is with them as the hope of glory.  The gentiles were to be saved with the glorious mystery of Jesus Christ.  Do you believe that non-Jewish people can be saved?

The generous Philippians (chapter 4)

Paul said that no one else shared like the Philippians.  They were the only ones to help him out in Thessalonica.  Their actions should be known.  He had not sought a gift, since he had enough.  However, he wanted their actions fully acknowledged.  He got the fragrant offering gift from Epaphroditus that was pleasing to God.  Thus, God would supply them what they needed according to Jesus Christ.

A note of thanks (chapter 4)

Paul was thankful that the Philippians were concerned about him, even though they had no opportunity to show it.  Paul was not complaining.  He had learned to live with whatever he had, a lot or a little.  He knew what it was like to be well fed and what it was like to be hungry.  He lived with all things in Christ.  Nevertheless, he was happy that they were kind enough to care about his problems. 

Perfection and humility (chapter 3)

Paul had not reached his goal of knowing Jesus Christ fully, but he was continuing to make it his own.  He was not yet there, but looking forward to being there.  He aimed at the heavenly call and the heavenly prize.  Paul explained that the Philippians were mature and of the same mind.  If they disagreed, it would have to come to them in a revelation.  For the time being, they should hold fast to what they had already attained together.